Characterized by an excessive fear of social and performance situations where the individual is afraid of being embarrassed or negatively evaluated by others.
One of the most common and impairing mental disorders with a high risk for comorbid anxiety, depressive, and substance-use/abuse-related disorders.
Assessment is based on self-reporting, clinical interview, and behavioral observation.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, and cognitive behavioral therapy are considered the first-line treatments.
Long-term clinical management and monitoring are typically required, as patients are prone to relapse following discontinuation of acute treatment.